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16.03.2009 Politics

Ga-Dangme Youth bent on marching on Kufuor's office

By myjoyonline

A leader of the Ga-Dangme Youth Association has indicated that the association will be demonstrating against former President J.A. Kufuor's continued occupation of a state bungalow as his office and demand that he vacates the property.

Prince Derrick Adjei, the immediate past President of the association has told Joy FM that the association is not satisfied with explanations so far offered by officials in government and others from the office of the former president.

He told Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah on the Super Morning Show that in spite of explanations by head of government's transition team, Mr. P.V. Obeng, that the government received and agreed to a request, albeit orally, by the former President to use the bungalow located at Ridge in Accra for an office, emerging information indicate the truth was not being told the public.

“Our major source of worry is the Chinery Hesse Report indicating that former presidents are supposed to get buildings in Accra and elsewhere which when they die would go to their families. For us it amounts to dissipating of our lands and so on. While the office complex may not be part of such a facility, the question is, this office complex, we hear, had been worked on even before the Chinery Hesse Report came out, so was this an orchestration to add all of this on to everything else and take our lands away? But as a Ghanaian also it is important for us to look at this thing within the principles of rule of law, accountability and all that the former government stood for and the current president stands for. We believe that Ghanaians owe it to ourselves to do the right thing.”

Prince Derrick Adjei said former President Kufuor would help himself a great deal if he personally speak on the issue and clear the air over his acquisition or temporary occupation of the property.

“…Dr. don Arthur indicated on another network that the IDA of the World Bank is listed as those who own the property and this morning we are also being told of President Kufuor's appointment to the World Bank in one capacity or the other…There are issues that are arising and clarity should be given, we believe that the former president would be doing himself a lot of service if he personally speak to the issue and put finality to this…”

He maintained that in a similar situation, the youth group demonstrated against former Tourism Minister, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey's attempt to purchase a state bungalow and they would be doing the same against Kufuor to protect their right to also own property on their own land.